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B2theRy 04-29-2009 05:02 PM

Double Tapped Breaker
hello all,
at a recent home inspection, the inspector noted that a breaker was double tapped and this is not good because it could arc, one wire is for lights and the other is for the doorbell transformer, he mention i could use a 2 pole breaker like the one pictured here, is this true or safe?? what else could i do with the doorbell wire? put it on another seperate appropriate breaker?

rjniles 04-29-2009 05:56 PM

Remove the 2 wires from the breaker, wire nut them together with a single pigtail. Run the new pigtail to the breaker. You do not need to dedicate a breaker to a doorbell xformer.

jbfan 04-29-2009 06:00 PM

Some breakers are made to be doubletapped, orwise just as the handy husband stated and you will be good to go.

frenchelectrican 04-29-2009 08:57 PM

Most SqD and CH breakers are listed for doubletapped with two conductors at the termail screw however Double check the label to make sure { they are only allowed on 30 amp or smaller breaker size } I doubt that other are listed like that.

Otherwise just make a pigtail and wirenutted it and that will useally take care the issue there.


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